In the News...2020

2020 (First publication of “In the News”)

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Image of calculatorPromoting High Quality Financial Services – The International Federation of Accountants recently released updates to two standards. One of the standards, “Choosing the Right Service,” supports industry by explaining the range of services offered by accounting practitioners. More here. 2020 December

Promoting Consumer Safety  – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) announced the publication of new guidelines for safe reusable sanitary pads entitled KS 2925:2020 Reusable sanitary towels Specification. More here. 2020 December

Image of electrical towerPromoting Electrical Standards – SCC and CEA announce a new partnership to support standards development in the electricity sector. More here. 2020 November

Suitcases lined up at the airportNew Technology for Travel Security Checks – A partnership of international and government standards bodies makes progress on liquid computed tomography (CT) systems standards to enhance consumer travel and security. More here. 2020 November

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U.S. Department of Transportation Issues RFI to Support an Inclusive Design Reference Hub – The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling for public feedback on an initiative to establish a library of resources for accessibility in automation and to work with outside experts to study voluntary best practices for ensuring accessibility in automated vehicles. To support their efforts, the DOT has issued a request for information (RFI) and will use the comments received to develop an Inclusive Design Reference Hub. All responses are due by 5 p.m. on January 20, 2021. More here. 2020 December

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Accessible – Building Homes For Everyone – CSA Group, supported by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), to develop “a national standard for affordable, adaptable, and accessible homes across the country.” The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is expected to make use of the new standard to rate the accessibility of homes. More here. 2020 November

Diversity & Inclusion

USNC Current Reflects on Diversity and 10 Years of Progress in the U.S. National Young and Emerging Professionals Program

Standards leaders reflect on the importance of diversity and inclusion to support innovation and performance in the latest Fall 2020 edition of USNC Current. The issue was published by ANSI and the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The issue also highlights the perspectives of the participants of the U.S. Young and Emerging Professionals Program, which launched in 2010. More here. 2020 Fall

DE&I Task Force Supports Electrical Industry – On 21 December, NECA announced the formation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Task Force which will focus on developing an awareness and education platform to foster a work environment within the electrical industry that supports each person’s unique differences. More here. 2020 December

Promoting Diversity in Corporate Canada – The Government of Canada recently announced their 50-30 Challenge, an effort to promote the goal of 50% gender parity and 30% representation by under-represented groups. To do this, the Government of Canada has partnered with private sector and diversity-focused groups and is proud to announce that over 470 organizations have signed up for the challenge. More here. 2020 December

BSI Selects Susan Taylor Martin as next Chief Executive – Susan Taylor Martin will be the next Chief Executive of the British Standards Institution. Taylor Martin will join BSI in January 2021, having previously served as President of Thomson Reuters’ Global Legal Business. More here. 2020 December

Image of telecommunications towerInnovation in 5G – In support of efforts to deploy and develop 5G technology, Broadband Forum publishes three new 5G specifications. The specifications will allow the use of software and hardware components from different manufacturers, eliminating vendor lock-in and accelerating the deployment of new 5G services. More here. 2020 November

Image of hydro power damnEnergy Sustainability and Resiliency Gets Boost – SCC announces partnership with WaterPower Canada to support Canada’s hydro-electric industry. The organizations will work collaboratively to promote industry participation in standards development. More here. 2020 September.

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ISO aims to Increase Consumer Knowledge of Ts & Cs –  ANSI is calling on feedback on a proposal for a new ISO standard on guidelines for organizations to increase consumer understanding of online terms and conditions. Comments due 21 January 2021, more here. 2020 December

Advancing verification Productivity & Modular, Scalable, and Reusable Components – UVM reference implementation creates a more cohesive package aligned with IEEE 1800.2-2020, more here2020 December

Media imageACCA seeks input –  The Air Conditioning Contractors of America to begin the five year review of HVAC, refrigeration and residential load calculation standards. More here. 2020

Advancing Workplace Safety in the Electrical & Construction Industry – The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding in support of efforts to eliminate worker illnesses, injuries and fatalities. More here. 2020 November

media photoCoordinating Air movement & Handling Experts – AMCA and ASHRAE announce 3-year MOU to cooperate, collaborate, and align on technical activities. More here. 2020 October

Secure and Safe Window Installation – The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the publication of two updated standards AAMA 2501-20 and AAMA TIR-A14-20 for fenestration anchorage systems. More here. 2020 September

ATIS Works to Expedite the Deployment of 5G – ATIS Announces new power standard work project for 5G, small cells, and other distributed networks. More here. 2020 June

Award Recipients

Recognizing the amazing work of those volunteering on standards committees and consensus bodies:

IFAC Global Leadership Award 2020:

  • Ana Maria Elorrieta

AHRI Richard C. Schulze Award 2020:

  • Beth Braddy, Trane Technologies
  • John Gibbons, Carrier Corporation
  • Bruce Heirlmeier, Zero Zone

AHRI Distinguished Service Award 2020:

  • Roger Richmond-Smith, Smardt
  • Robert “Dutch” Uselton, Lennox

AMCA Distinguished Service Awards 2019:

  • Rad Ganesh, PhD, PE
  • Tim Mathson
  • Bob Valbracht, PE